Gasp was contacted about a family in the Birmingham area at risk of losing their electric service on March 17 at 8:00 a.m. We paid this family's electric bill ($620.80 after service fees), though we don't have the funding to do so. If you can help offset the expense, please chip in!
The utility company has not suspended disconnections and late fees for nonpayment, unlike most utility companies during the COVID-19 public health crisis. We have called on Alabama Power to do this, and for the Alabama Public Service Commission to issue an order suspending all disconnections for public electric, gas, and water utilities. Similarly, we're asking the National Governors Association, National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, United States Conference of Mayors, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, and American Public Power Association calling for a moratorium on all electricity utility shut-offs and waiver of all late-payment charges AND investments in distributed clean energy systems for low-wealth communities.